King Abdullah: Al Qaeda WMDs Came From Syria

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    Jordan's King Abdullah revealed on Saturday that vehicles reportedly containing chemical weapons and poison gas that were part of a deadly al Qaeda bomb plot came from Syria, the country named by U.S. weapons inspector David Kay last year as a likely repository for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

    "It was a major, major operation. It would have decapitated the government," King Abdullah told the San Francisco Chronicle. Jordanian officials estimated that the death count could have been as high as 20,000 - seven times greater than the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Abdullah said that trucks containing 17.5 tons of explosives had come from Syria, though he took pains not to implicate Syrian President Bashir Assad in the al Qaeda plot, saying, "I'm completely confident that Bashir did not know about it."

    In his testimony before Congress last year, Mr. Kay said U.S. satellite surveillance showed substantial vehicular traffic going from Iraq to Syria just prior to the U.S.attack on March 19, 2003 attack.

    While Kay said investigators couldn't be sure the cargo contained weapons of mass destruction, one of his top advisors described the evidence as "unquestionable."

    "People below the Saddam-Hussein-and-his-sons level saw what was coming and decided the best thing to do was to destroy and disperse," said James Clapper, in comments reported by the New York Times on Oct. 29. Clapper heads up the National Imagery and Mapping Agency.

    Israeli intelligence has long believed that after the U.S. delayed invasion plans to allow U.N. weapons inspectors time to search for Iraq's WMDs, Saddam moved the banned weapons to Syria, the only other country where the Ba'ath Party ruled.

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    But how can that be Jim, all the anti-Bush people said he made it all up ?:p:
     
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    And yet they'll point to other postions of his testimony as gospel. With most of them it's not about the 'entirety' but rather 'what can we extract from this and take out of context'.

    I'm curious to see how far back they can track the materials discovered. Coming from Syria alone will back up a lot of the intelligence.
     
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    So...

    - Iraq gives its WMD to Syria.
    - Iraq gives shelter to al-Qaeda mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
    - Syria gives Iraq's WMD to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
    - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi tries to use Iraq's WMD via Syria on Jordan.

    Is this what happened? Why isn't this on the news?
     

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